Lee steps up in Obama campaign

Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, who was the first California House member to endorse Barack Obama for president, on Monday was named the campaign’s Western Regional Co-Chair, with responsiblity for helping to turn out the vote in all western states.

Lee, a fan of Obama’s strong stance against the Iraq war, said she’s honored to take the job, and reiterated her vow to do all she can to see him elected. A Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair (with Lynn Woolsey, D-Petaluma, who has endorsed Hillary Clinton), Lee has been in South Carolina for the past few days rallying voters for Obama.

“Senator Obama is a real agent of change who can can and will lead our nation in this young century in a new and positive direction,” she said. “I know that a President Obama would find a prompt and effective way to end the occupation of Iraq and that he would strengthen US diplomacy and international development as an instrument of national policy to prevent crises that lead to war and conflagration.”

Obama said he’s honored and proud to have her represent him: “Congresswoman Lee had the courage to stand up against the war from the start and she passionately fights for economic and social justice. Congresswoman Lee will provide a significant boost in our efforts to mount a successful campaign throughout the West on February 5th.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.


    Woolsey and Lee are “blood sisters”! It’s about time they do something useful!